DHCR Adopts Significant Amendments to Rent Regulations

November 21, 2023    

Here are the highlights that owners of rent-regulated apartments need to be aware of.


On Oct. 23, the DHCR announced that it filed the necessary “Notices of Adoption” required by law to enact rent regulatory amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code, the Tenant...

DHCR Increases Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2023–24

October 27, 2023    

But a recent law eliminates the $5 surcharge for tenant-installed A/C units.



The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced an increase in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. In rent-...

DOB Proposes New Rules for Implementing Local Law 97

September 25, 2023    

Here’s how you may be able to get two more years to comply with the impending climate law.



DOB Overhauls Sidewalk Construction Shed and Scaffolding Rules

August 24, 2023    

The city wants to limit how long these eyesores stay up.



Sidewalk sheds are temporary structures built to protect people or property from falling debris during construction work. Currently, according to the DOB, there are approximately 9,000 active, permitted...

How HPD Proposes to Target Buildings for Self-Closing Door Inspections

July 25, 2023    

Is your building likely to be one of the 300 buildings inspected annually?


Part of the legislation that was passed in response to the January 2022 Twin Parks high-rise fire in the Bronx required the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to propose rules...

RGB Finalizes Allowable Rent Increases for Renewal, Vacancy Leases

June 22, 2023    

On June 21, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) voted to raise rents on rent-stabilized apartments. In a 5 to 4 vote, the RGB adopted guidelines for Rent Guideline Board Order (RGBO) #55, which sets the rent increases you may take for rent-stabilized tenants in New York City on leases beginning...

How to Obtain Documents, Access Records from DHCR

May 22, 2023    

From time to time, you may need to ask the DHCR for certain information or documents. For example, you may be defending against a reduced services complaint and want to see the DHCR inspection report, or you may want a printout of all cases currently pending at the DHCR for a building you’...

DOHMH Establishes Rat Mitigation Zones

April 23, 2023    

Prepare for more inspections and tougher enforcement for violations in these zones.


3 Tips to Navigate City’s Efforts to Increase Fair Housing Testing

March 24, 2023    

The city commits funds to fight source-of-income discrimination.


Comptroller Recommends Changes to How City Enforces Heating Requirements

February 21, 2023    

A recent report highlights the city’s failure to adequately address heat complaints.


DOB Reduces Violations, Penalties to Achieve Mayor’s Executive Order

January 25, 2023    

These 26 reforms are projected to save NYC small businesses roughly $1.5 million.


In January 2022, Mayor Adams signed Executive Order 2, “Small Business Forward,” to reform existing business regulations and ensure local businesses face fewer needless fines and...

FDNY Updates FEP Bulletin to Address Lithium-Ion Battery Risks

December 21, 2022    

E-bikes, e-scooters, e-mopeds, and other small electric mobility devices have experienced a surge in popularity. These devices use a small electric motor to increase the range and reduce the effort it takes to reach a destination. For example, e-bikes look and behave like traditional bicycles...